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India Pale Ale - Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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51 Reviews
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Reviews: 51
Hads: 153
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 33.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sponberg on 08-13-2002

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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 153
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The Davidson IPA was my least favorite of their beers I drank this weekend. It's more like a sweet American pale, not quite hoppy enough, and definitely not as dry as I like them to be. It looks fine, frothy but thin white head on a clean looking brassy golden beer with good carbonation. It smells more malt driven than the style really allows for, and the grassy vegetal hops lack balancing bitterness. The beer us fresh though, and not detectably flawed, I just think the recipe us overly safe and lack ambition and definition, but I still happily drank a number if these in one go. The sweetness gets a little filling, but the beer isn't bad, just forgettable.

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Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%

A) 3.65 Lovely clear orangery amber with a clean off white head that rises up quite a bit. Pretty firm and it keeps the beer covered as I drink. Gentle carbonation rising up.

S) 3.75 A firm malt backbone that displays caramel and toffee as well as a warm dinner rolls. A lift edge of alcohol and hops that show earth and mild pine. There is a flow of butterscotch and tea leaf that mixes in the alcohol.

T) 3.75 Light malt core serves up toffee and quickly moves back to present a healthy melange of dry, astringent hops that leaves the mouth clean and mildly puckered. Butterscotch is the bridge from malt to hops and offers up yeast esters of light papaya. Toasted malt combines with the yeast to bring faint coconut before the leafy hop bouquet starts. It is quickly followed by a sharper, dry, and mildly abrasive hop oil presence that envelopes the finish and remains lightly lingering and coating my mouth.

M) 4.0 Light and supple on the tongue it is delightfully quaffable, Mild carbonation brings touches of cream and velvet. Quenching swallow makes me want more.

O) 4.0 I understand why this is rated so poorly as it is an English IPA categorized as an American. Seen in its proper light this is a delicious and flavorful beer with lots of charter and nuance. A great slaker of thirst and excellent version of the style. I for one will have another.

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Photo of rorjets
2.49/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Davidson Brothers Brewing Company IPA. This is a new brewery for me, based out of Glens Falls, but this beer was contract brewed by Shipyard Brewing in Maine. Apparently they have a large brewpub in Glens Falls, so I'll have to check it out the next time I go up towards Lake George.

Anyway, this beer has a strong alcoholic smell upon opening it - almost like a barleywine beer might have. It pours very foamy straight up; I had to wait a few minutes for the head to settle before resuming. The first sip confirms the strong burn of alcohol (not listed on the bottle, but BA has it at only 5.90%) and lots of hops bitterness, but unfortunately not a lot more in terms of taste, other than a metallic finish that was not pleasant. Bottom line, there are a lot of other IPAs that are far better than this one. It cost me $10.99, as much as the Sculpin I bought at the same time, which is far superior.

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Photo of argock
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a tall pilsner pokal at Reel Seafood (Albany, NY).

A: Very amber in color with short, 1/2-finger off-white tightly bubbled head with decent retention and a couple collars of lace down the glass.

S: Hopping is very subdued with some herbal, honeysuckle notes but mostly mid-range crystal malt sweetness

T: The flavor is also crystal-heavy, way to much so, even for an East Coast IPA. This beer reminds me more of an English IPA but without the esters - caramelly with moderate bitterness but a pretty muted hop presence, although some herbal and mild orange and grapefruit citrus comes through.

M: The feel is too heavy and lack the appropriate dryness of the style. Medium+ bodied with low-medium carbonation.

O: Not an undrinkable, terrible beer but really misses the mark for the American IPA style - not hoppy but only bitter, caramelly but in a heavy, near-cloying way, not dry and with more heft than it should have. I did not order a second one but went a different direction.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.84/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: pretty clear; amber in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, got a 1 finger egg shell head with good retention; minimal lacing;

S: first thing that hit me was an odd sour smell; there are some earthy hops behind that, but the sourness is tough to get past;

T: unfortunately, it follows the nose; the earthy hops are more prevalent in the finish, but it's not enough; low to moderate bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not for me; the aroma is not enticing and the flavor doesn't improve things;

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Photo of TomIPA
4.5/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is really an English IPA. It has the hoppiness of an IPA without a bitter aftertaste. One of the Davidson Brothers actually sat with us at TGIFridays and explained the beer to us. It's my favorite beer. Unfortunately, Fridays replaced IPA with Davidson's Brown on tap. They had to put Sam Adam Rebel IPA on tap due to a national agreement. I still get Davidson's in the bottle at the local supermarket.

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Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at TJ Maxim's in Albany. Pours amber with white head and some carbonation. Body is full and crisp. Taste and aroma is of bready malt, buckwheat, earthy hops and some fruity esters. Finish is long and earthy. Nothing special IPA. I would not buy a six pack.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before NOV 2013 notched.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color, more orange. Thin white head fades to a ring. Mild lacing.

The nose is nothing special. More sweet malt than any kind of big hop a touch of buttery diacityl.

Grassy, lemon citrus balanced by a bit of sweet malt. Finishes with a bit of resiny bitterness. Nothing mind blowing, average.


This definatly drinks more like a pale ale rather than an IPA. Nothing special here. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of Marty42
2.07/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Their English brown is amazing so I decided to t this one too.
Poured from a bottle that was packaged by shipyard brewery several hundred miles away.
The nose struck me as borderline sour, a bit off and there was an ingredient in there that I couldn't quite put my hand on.
Nothing special here. No over the top hops, no floral bouquet. Nothing special really. This might be an entry level IPA for th casual beer drinker.

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Photo of Beerbeerbeerdiddlybeer
1.12/5  rDev -66%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The color is the only redeeming quality: copper with a 2 finger head. The good news stops there. This beer is limp: watery texture with no body. As an "IPA" this is offensive; as just an ale, could almost be tolerable except it smells like the sticky floor of a dive bar: stale and pungent. The fact that they charge $10 a 6 pack is outrageous.
This tastes like a Budweiser attempt at and ipa.
Tips: add more hops, more body and do something about the smell. Or stop calling it and ipa. Remember we taste with our nose first and foremost.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel-copper coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy white surface head. Slow, steady flow of carbonation bubbling throughout. Aromas of tangy caramel backbone and floral hops highlights. Very tangy sweet nose. Flavors are roasted, with a rich caramel and nut backbone supporting a peppery spiced and floral hops presence. Very dry hop characteristics on this brew. Slightly resiny aftertaste, with pepper and bitterness overtaking any of the sweetness from the palate. Very concise, clean finish. This one hits me more like an English IPA than American, but either way it's well balanced and very sessionable, for an IPA.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish in color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus rind hops. In the taste, a small dryness of citrus hops, and quite watery. A small bite, but mainly smooth and a lighter to thin mouthfeel, with a small dry orange rind in the aftertaste. Decent nose, but quite thin and watery.

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Photo of MDDMD
2.71/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-nice amber color with a white head and good lacing

S-malty, light citrus, hints of fruit

T-malt, slightly metallic taste, somewhat sweet and fruity, light hop presence with minimal bitterness in the finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation

O-not much to distinguish it from the mass produced beers

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - 3.5 - Pours a medium copper color with an evenly creamy with an 1/8 inch of foam and gentle bubbles.

S - Grainy, earthy aroma with light pine and citrus, has a slight bit of musty dankness.

T - Follows the nose with grainy, earthy dankness, toasted caramel malt up front which gradually migrates to a lemony, citrus grapefuit, and pine bite. Taste is unrefined, harsh, and too grainy like a macro beer.

M - Medium light body with a little watery character, coats the mouth with a grainy coating.

O - Glad I could try this one but it's grainy, harsh, and messy. I hate to be so down on this beer but I would be more than willing to try it again and revisit this review.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A medium golden that is just slightly amber. Clear with a big off-white head that turns just barely rocky as it settles. A few rising bubbles. Fair to good for retention and lace.

S: Frutiy in an estery, peachy manner. A hint of diacetyl. Rather faint, steely caramel & toasty grain malt notes. Slightest hint of sweetness. Hunting for hops does not turn up much. Perhaps a slight, faint herbal notes.

T: Sadly like the nose. Quite strong peachy, fruity esters. Slightly more than a background hint of diacetyl. Herbal and astringent hops that are not all that strong. Hops turn woody and earthy and resiny in the finish and finally take on some decent bitterness. Thin grainy malts provide what passes as a backbone with just a bit of toasty grain & hints of steely caramel and sweetness.

M: Slightly under medium body with average carbonation. Very few sugars or dextrins. Only mild hop tannins. End up drying, but malts didn’t but up hardly any fight. Quite attenuated & dry to start with. A tad thin for an IPA, but decent overall.

D: Sort of odd – particularly for an IPA. Light and thin for style. Oddly estery, astringent, and herbal. Mix of malts, hops, esters, & slight diacetyl is just kind of weird. Fair for washing down grub, but not at all great drinking.

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Photo of smcolw
3.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rich, dense head that leaves plenty of chunky, ring lace. The color is deep copper and clear.

More malty (crystal?) than I expected. The hop is nearly missing. There's also a very strange smell that I've never experienced before--reminds me of meat. Very odd.

Closer to an amber than an IPA. Malty up front (relatively dry). The swallow has some bitterness but not nearly enough for the style. The aftertaste fades quickly. Rich bodied with a solid dose of carbonation.

This isn't a bad beer, it is simply a poor IPA.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
1.9/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow I am not even going to begin to break this down. This beer is just flat out terrible. It smells like a loaf of bread soaking in a very bad pitcher of beer. Flavor is sour with a hint of bitterness but just plain bad..The only thing I can say for Davidson Brothers at this point was this beer was not bottled by you it was bottled by shipyard brewing and hopefully they trashed it not you. I do not reccomend this beer to anyone, besides people who like budweiser because it might be slightly better than that.


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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden amber body with a small, dense frothy head.

S: Mild hop aroma with notes of citrus. Kind of weak.

T: A simple IPA flavor. Upfront is bitter & mild citrus hops, followed by sweet bready malts. Finishes slighty dry and bitter.

M: Medium body, fizzy carbonation, crisp texture.

O: Not the best example of an IPA, but for those who are want to get into hoppy beers, this may be a good starter. Hops are very faint, but it's easy to drink. I, personally, wouldn't go out of my way to drink more of it. Very forgettable.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a nice amber color with less than half a finger of off-white head. Nice carbonation.

S - A bit of hop with large bready malt undertones. A bit sweet.

T - Bitter hop of front smoothes out into a sweet malt emphasis. Finishes hugely bready. Very much like an English IPA.

M - Light body with great carbonation. Finish dries it off a bit.

D - Not exceptional, but drinkable and easy to session. Taste could use more hop but I like the finish and feel.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at the brewpub into an Imperial pint glass. Clear, straw-brown with a 2-finger head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is musty, sweet, and mild. Notes of bread and oatmeal waft up.

Taste is more alligned with an English IPA. A slight hop character is mainly there to finish this beer off. Mostly flavors of bright malts, sediment, and a musky cellar taste show through. perhaps a line cleaning is in order? some bitter notes on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is not as creamy as other D Bros brews, but its still there. Smooth in the mouth with a nice robust finish.

Drinkability is fairly high. This beer is good enough to want more, but not so flavorful as to knock you out.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber-golden color, with some fluffy white head (about a finger and a half) and okay retention, with some lacing left behind.

S - The aroma is full of hops with some slight citrus notes.

T - Starts off with some light malt taste, and this is joined by some light hop flavor, but it never gets very strong. The aftertaste is of the hops and is just slightly bitter.

M - Medium bodied and a nice tingle of carbonation keeps the beer smooth and crisp. Maybe a tiny bit watery.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are there, they just stay a bit subtle and are not overpowering. It is a crisp and refreshing drink, just could have used a bit more flavor overall.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a nice golden amber color with ample head with lingering lacing

S: Sweet scent with nice citrus notes and very light scent of hops that is almost not noticeable

T: Not the strongest hop taste for an IPA but does have a nice bitterness note that stays on the back of the tongue

M: Nice smooth mouth feel with slight carbonation tingle

D: Very smooth drinking brew that really refreshes the pallet

Overall im a huge Davidson Brothers fan (being that theyre local) and I do thoroughly enjoy their IPA. I do feel that it is lacking in some hop character as far as representing the style is concerned but all the same I enjoy it.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap at the brewpub this beer was a golden-amber color. The thin, off-white head displayed weak retention and decent lacing at first but poor, thin streaks as it warmed. The aroma was light, floral hops, citrus hops and 'horse-blanket' mustiness. The flavors were nice, again I tasted the floral and citrus hops with some notes of bitter roots and pale malt. Acidic, crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel was smooth but slightly watery, the body medium and the carbonation light.

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Photo of eporter66
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap into pint glass at Davidson Brothers Restaurant

A - Golden/Orange color, with 1 finger head and decent lacing

S - No strong aroma, hops and a bit of citrus

T - A hint of malt, with some hops bitterness at the finish.

M - Average mouthfeel and tingly carbonation

D - This beer does go down nice and smooth, not the strongest hop presence for an IPA, but a good drinking beer.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice golden color with a small white head that fades to lacing. the aroma emits a definite floral citrus blend that is a little subtle compared to the malt... not to say that there's an overpowering aroma. the taste follows with a bit more of the malt at the start and a sort of dry floral finish in the end. the medium body wasn't bad for the co2 pressure at the tap. at a listed abv of 5.9% it's not exactly a session beer, but I could drink more than one.

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India Pale Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.